But I've got to admit that SuperFan, the brainchild of Tickle.com founder Rick Marini, is pretty cool. Basically, it's a one-stop spot that serves as a platform for music, photos, quizzes, and videos, as well as social networking (kinda like a combination of Flickr, MySpace and Facebook). Accumulate enough points by becoming a "fan" of your favorite sports teams, movie stars, and music groups, and you can become a "SuperFan."
Memphis-related pages for Memphis Slim, Lucero, Chris Bell, Jay Reatard, the Box Tops, the Grifters, Gangsta Pat, Egypt Central, Ingram Hill, Judge Joe Brown, and, yes, the U of M Tigers are already up and running, although you have to create a profile (or use your Facebook log in) to check 'em out.
Just in case you've ever wondered where all the awesome is stored, it's in a warehouse on Jefferson Street in West Memphis, Arkansas.
This place right here is the best website on the Internet right now and for the next week-plus. In celebration of the impending 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon (you remember the one: Neil Armstrong, American flag, footprints, sound stage in California), the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is recreating the event as if it were happening in realtime in our techno-geek age. Website, Twitter updates, photos, audio, and who knows what else will unspool 40 years to the moment after it really happened.
The launch is July 16th at 8:32 a.m. CST. Right now everything is in the prelaunch stage. Armstrong put boot to moon on July 20th.
I'm not sad to say I missed the spectacle of the Michael Jackson memorial event yesterday. But I am happy that I came across reporter Bob Greene's New York Times column elegantly drawing the obvious parallels between the two pop deaths — the collective public grief and the post-death career boost. Greene was at Graceland the day of Elvis' public viewing. He concludes:
Seven steps into the foyer, there was Presley, at peace, or some semblance of it. The sounds of sobbing filled the little room as each fresh wave of fans caught sight of him. He seemed defenseless: not in the traditional sense, for no one could hurt him now, but defenseless against all that was to come.
Memphis filmmaker Craig Brewer has found some 10-year-old rehearsal footage he shot for the Memphis Confidential Burlesque Show at the Hi-Tone Cafe, and has posted on his BrewTube channel:
I just got an email from a friend directing me to Lisa Marie Presley's blog post about Michael Jackson's death, which she posted on her MySpace page earlier this week.
The post, titled "He Knew," is sad, sad, sad.
In it, Lisa Marie divulges that her one-time husband told her he knew he was gonna end up like her father, and the "gutted" feeling she's left with as she tries to process his death. Factor in the mythologies of the various players — the King of Rock and Roll and the King of Pop — and it's loaded with all the elements of a Greek tragedy:
As I sit here overwhelmed with sadness, reflection and confusion at what was my biggest failure to date, watching on the news almost play by play The exact Scenario I saw happen on August 16th, 1977 happening again right now with Michael (A sight I never wanted to see again) just as he predicted, I am truly, truly gutted.
Follow this link for the rest of Lisa Marie's post, which details her efforts to save MJ from "the inevitable," and how she nearly lost herself in the process.
Elvis is alive.
I'll say it again: Elvis. Is. ALIVE.
So sayeth Derek Clontz, an author of words on the Internet. His history-pwning revelation, replete with photos and shocking truth verbs was birthed on the www yesterday here.
What's that? When you go to that link, the website has been taken down by WordPress for violating the terms of service? You better believe it. The fix is in, people. The vast bat-winged conspiracy has its claws in little old Derek, coz they don't want Elvis' #1 fans to know what really happened.
Wow, just wow. The lead singer of the Jackson Five-turned-pop star extraordinaire — reduced, in more recent years, to a caricature of his former self — is dead.
I remember the death vigil TV news crews held for the Duke, and I recall our next-door neighbor in Lafayette, Louisiana, coming home for lunch with the news that Elvis was dead.
But, on a day that's already been dominated by the death of Farrah Fawcett (and, in my personal rock-and-roll iconography, Sky Saxon), I never imagined I'd hear that Michael Jackson had left the building.
Back in April, SING ALL KINDS noted the unveiling of Justin Timberlake's line of tequila, called 901 in honor of his native-West TN area code.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is my distinct pleasure to be able to report that said tequila will appear on liquor-store shelves in the Greater Memphis area as soon as later this week.
901 Silver Tequila will be available in the Volunteer State, New York, California, Nevada, and Missouri ASAP. A press release we received today indicates that 901 is made using 100 percent Blue Weber Agave and produced by Tequilera Newton, "in the heart of Jalisco, Mexico."
Mmmm, I'm getting drunk already. And not that crappy El Jimador kind of drunk. Classy, bringing-sexy-back drunk.
Tom Cruise, FoxNews, Scientology inflammation, and Wichita.
On his June 10th radio program, CNN personality Lou Dobbs lavished praise on Mirabile Investment Corporation (MIC) , a Memphis-based Burger King franchisee, for having the guts to ignore and disparage its licensing agreement with the Burger King Corporation (BKC) and the business acumen to post the words “GLOBAL WARMING IS BALONEY” on exterior signs across West Tennessee and parts of Mississippi and Arkansas.
Dobbs also admired the wit of MIC's marketing president, J.J. McNelis, who has publicly compared executives at his parent company to cockroaches who run from the light. Dobbs, a self-described moderate with nativist, “traditionalist” tendencies, regularly mocks environmental concerns and has previously linked global warming to something he called “solar sunspot activity cycles.”
The story McNelis told Dobbs differed substantially from what MIC's rep originally told Leo Hickman, a reporter for UK newspaper The Guardian.
The Burger King Corporation (BKC) seems to be in denial regarding the decision by Mirabile Investment Corporation (MIC), a Memphis-based management company with more then 40 Burger King locations across the Mid-South, to place the words “Global Warming is Baloney” on many of not all of its exterior signs.
BKC distanced itself from the message last week, claiming that the the “two” signs in question had been removed. At the time of Burger King's official statement, Flyer readers had already reported at least 10 such signs in various locations between Batesvile, Mississippi, and Martin, Tennessee.
What do you get when you cross Jason D. Williams, the piano-pounding madman from Memphis, with a Krystal Burger, the tiny square slider that always tastes best at 2 a.m. after you've had about eleventy beers?
You get a commercial, that's what. And you get weird viral materials like these clips of Jason D. in the studio talking about the time when Jerry Lee Lewis ate 108 Krystal Burgers. But Williams won't actually be pitching any of the fast food restaurant's famous mini-meals. When the spots start airing on June 1st, he'll be the face, voice, and blazing fingers behind Krystal's Big Angus Five Buck Meal deal. True story.
The commercials are slated to air in Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and in parts of Texas and North Carolina.
Memphis' Rock and Roll Renaissance man Mike McCarthy has a bit of a David Bowie obsession. In fact, the filmmaker, comic book artist, and musician behind cult classics like Superstarlet A.D. (watch Craig Brewer watching it here) and Teenage Tupelo is such a fan his obsessions are occasionally noted by the Thin White Duke himself. Or at least by the folks who run his official website.
Bad news for Memphis fast food junkies: Locally appearing Burger King signs reading “Global Warming is Baloney” aren't a tone-deaf marketing campaign for some delicious new Whopper-loni sandwich. Darn it.
On the other hand ecologically-minded consumers can breathe a little easier knowing that Burger King Corp. (BKC), the company that licenses BK franchises, isn't going on the warpath against global warming science.
On Friday, May 29 Susan Robison, Vice President, Corporate Communications for the Burger King Corporation, dropped The Flyer an email containing BKC's official — if not fully informed — statement regarding the signs.